A lush, expansive record from San Francisco's stringband stalwarts. I made many contributions to this record: fiddle harmonics, classic banjo, dobro, and even some Chopin-esque piano.
Official blurb: San Francisco Bay Area roots-music luminaries Elise Engelberg and Matt Knoth, aka Skillet Licorice, have created a new type of “old-time” album with their first album on Tiki Parlour Recordings. It focuses on the lush beautiful side of traditional American repertoire. They are joined by a veritable orchestra that includes some of the West Coast’s finest old time musicians including string legends Suzy Thompson, Meredith Axelrod, Craig Ventresco and the Kentucky-born and raised folk music wunderkind Clinton Ross Davis. Half the album is a fantastic deep dive into the revered pre-war string band the East Texas Serenaders, whose penchant for dreamy waltzes and buttery-smooth fiddle rags are perfect fodder for the Skillet Licorice gang. The rest of the album is full of surprises drawn from Scandinavia all the way to the indigenous reservations of southern Arizona, lovingly re-imagined for today’s listeners. This gorgeous recording creates a unique cascade of lush acoustic layers and sonic beauty that lovers of Folk, Bluegrass, Americana, Classical and psychedelic music will absolutely fall in love with.
released July 5, 2021